College Basketball

USC Aiken men ranked No. 19

The USC Aiken men moved into the NABC/Division II poll for the first time this season.

The Pacers (12-2, 6-0 Peach Belt) come in at No. 19. They beat rival Augusta State, 76-54, on Monday night. USC Aiken has won 11 of its past 12 games.

The Lady Pacers (13-1, 6-0 PBC), also coming off a dominant win over Augusta State, moved up two spots to No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Division II poll.

The Pacers also announced that they will hold “Black Out Night” for the men’s and women’s games against North Georgia on Saturday.


High Schools

’Dogs’ Birkman joins Emmanuel

Thomson pitcher and first baseman Hunter Birkman signed Tuesday to play college baseball at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.


College Baseball

Pacers shortstop is All-American

USC Aiken shortstop Stephen Carmon was selected as a preseason All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The senior was in the top 10 in the Peach Belt Conference in 13 different offensive categories last season.


College Football

Tide CB arrested on drug charge

Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was arrested on a marijuana possession charge.

An arrest report on the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Web site says Kirkpatrick was arrested at 12:48 a.m. Tuesday and charged with possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was released on $120 bond.

Kirkpatrick is regarded as a potential top 10 NFL Draft pick. The second-team All-American announced last week he was skipping his senior season with the national champions to enter the draft.

• Michigan dismissed wide receiver Darryl Stonum, who was sentenced to 10 days in jail earlier this month after violating probation in a drunken-driving case.

Stonum started 25 games for the Wolverines, catching 76 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned 62 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and holds the single-season kickoff return mark with 39 returns for 1,001 yards in 2009.

• Prized quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel is joining Notre Dame.

Kiel first said he would go to Indiana, where his brother was among the quarterbacks, and he later expressed interest in Louisiana State University.


Auto Racing

Spaniard finds new IndyCar ride

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has signed Oriol Servia for the 2012 IndyCar season.

The Spaniard finished fourth in the standings last season, but lost his ride in December when Newman/Haas Racing shut down.

Servia had 11 top-10 finishes last season, was one of only three drivers running at the finish of all 17 races and led all drivers in laps completed.

• Formula One team Williams signed Brazilian driver Bruno Senna to complete its 2012 team lineup, returning the Senna name to the British outfit 18 years after his uncle died in a crash.

Senna, the nephew of three-time F1 champion Ayrton Senna, joined Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado to give the British team an all-South American lineup going into the March 18 opener in Australia.